Houston Chef of the Month for June: Neal Cox

Neal Cox
Neal Cox

HOUSTON – The passion and pride Executive Chef Neal Cox exhibits in his professional career makes him a formidable presence within one of the top culinary destinations in the country.

A lifelong Houstonian, Cox draws inspiration from the cultural influences of the city to create dishes that make him one of Houston’s most talented culinary leaders, and he is an instrumental part of The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.

Cox made the decision to pursue a career in culinary -- blending his budding interest and growing knowledge of the industry and enrolled in the Art Institute of Houston in 1998. He has seen much success since then and has worked in many of Houston’s premiere establishments including Churrasco’s, Americas and Trevisio.

He has held positions as Chef at Zula, later transitioning to become Chef at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, where under his leadership earned the title of "No. 1 Steakhouse in Texas” by Texas Monthly Magazine.

A native Texan, Cox is an active member of the community, and volunteers with organizations like Recipe for Success to help educate and encourage children to prevent childhood obesity and promote long-term health.

Click here to see a recipe for Olivette's risotto from Neal Cox.